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You never run out of free things to do, free events to go to in New York City! So start taking advantage of those free things to do today! Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides with non-ending amount of free things to do, free events to go to!

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The quality and quantity of free events, free things to do that happen in New York City every day of the year is truly amazing.

Where else but in New York City can you listen to a world-class musician, discuss a book with a famous author, take a part in poetry reading, have a glass of wine at an art exhibition opening, and all that on the same day, and all that free of charge!

The trick is to know about those free events, free things to do BEFORE they happen, not after the fact. That's where Club freeTime comes in handy -- Club freeTime allows you to take advantage of all the free things to do, all the free events that take place in New York City, as you find out about them just in time! Start using these unique New York City opportunities today!

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Club freeTime is the only complete source of free events, free things to do in New York City: your perfect guide to free Entertainment & free Culture in the City that never sleeps.

Contrary to the common misconception that most of free events, free things to do, happen in New York City in summer, October and March are the busiest months in New York City in terms of free events, free things to do. That 'summer' misconception is due to big publicity that some of New York City summer free events, free thing to do get.

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We make sure that New Yorkers and visitors to New York are informed about ALL free events, ALL free things to do that happen in New York City. The variety and quality are just mind boggling!

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In addition to providing information about free events, free things to do in New York City, Club freeTime offers its members complimentary tickets (a member can reserve up to 5 complimentary tickets per performance) to classical music concerts, dance performances and theater in New York City: when a producer wants that special buzz of the 'full house' - Club freeTime members are welcomed for their enthusiasm and sophistication!

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The quality and quantity of
free events,
free things to do
that happen in New York City
every day of the year
is truly amazing.

So don't miss the opportunities
that only New York provides:
stop wondering what to do;
start taking advantage of
free things to do,
free events to go to
in NYC
today!

free (and almost free) dance:
performances, lessons, dancing in New York City (NYC)


New Dance: Paul Taylor II / Naganuma Dance.
Photo by Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster.

Free dance performances, dancing, and dance lessons are among the many free, low budget and inexpensive events New York City has to offer... Keep dancing!

Dance Lesson |
Join this dance class. All are welcome to learn the traditional dances unique to West Africa. You can also bring your own drum and follow the guidance of our professional drumming teachers playing for the class. African dances are largely participatory, with spectators being part of the performance. Get fit while becoming more musical.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Dance Lessons, August 03, 2015, 08/03/2015, West African Drum and Dance
Dancing |
Things heat up when the sun goes down. Every Tuesday night has Salsa dancing with some of NYC’s best DJ’s. Beginner Salsa dance lessons from 6:30-7:15, DJ’s start the party at 7:15pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 04, 2015, 08/04/2015, Sunset Salsa with Talia
Dance Performance |
Founded in Tel Aviv by Lee Sher and Saar Harari in 2000 and now based in NYC, LEESAAR is “a gutsy, brainy modern-dance troupe” (NY Times) with a highly theatrical approach. Props, costumes, and pantomime punctuate their Gaga-inspired movement to form a delightful brand of avant-garde. In recent program notes, Sher and Hariri wrote, “by seeking the extreme within ourselves we hope to expand our limits for a fresh experience.” In their new piece Grass and Jackals, they find these extremes in an imagined state of nature. Set against a kaleidoscopic moiré backdrop, the work “transforms the dancers—seven women, clad in gleaming black bodysuits—into exotic, fluidly moving creatures, sexual and fierce.” (New Yorker) The program also includes a duet by their greatest influence and one of the most brilliant living choreographers, Israeli visionary OHAD NAHARIN, performed by guest dancers from his BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY. Naharin developed the Gaga technique with Batsheva in the 90s and has continued to build and refine its vocabulary over three decades.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 06, 2015, 08/06/2015, LeeSaar The Company, Ohad Naharin and Guest Dancers from Batsheva Dance Company

Regular: $15
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Dance Performances, August 07, 2015, 08/07/2015, an evening of dance
Dance Performance |
All week, one choreographer developed his/her original dance work with a team of dancers. Today, the new, completed dance will be performed before a general audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 08, 2015, 08/08/2015, Dance: A New, Site-Specific Performance
Dancing |
Free outdoor dancing. Free beginner lesson starts around 7:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 08, 2015, 08/08/2015, Tango in the Park

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Dance Performances, August 08, 2015, 08/08/2015, an evening of dance
Dance Performance |
For the past forty-three years Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company has stayed true to its primary mission of expanding opportunities to provide a platform for multi-cultural choreographers and dance artists. Under the artistic direction of Enrique Cruz DeJesus, Alpha Omega continues to create, perform and educate through dance by presenting important, exciting, illuminating and exhilarating dance programming. True to her name, Brooklyn native Karisma Jay has been dancing and performing since the tender age of 2. Currently, she is a featured performer with the international sensation, STOMP. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Brooklyn’s AbunDance Academy of the Arts. Teaching dance since the age of 10, she has become skilled at developing the confidence and charisma of even her shyest students, who range in age from 2 to 92.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 08, 2015, 08/08/2015, Dance: Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company / Karisma Jay

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Dance Performances, August 09, 2015, 08/09/2015, an evening of dance
Dance Lesson |
Join this dance class. All are welcome to learn the traditional dances unique to West Africa. You can also bring your own drum and follow the guidance of our professional drumming teachers playing for the class. African dances are largely participatory, with spectators being part of the performance. Get fit while becoming more musical.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Dance Lessons, August 10, 2015, 08/10/2015, West African Drum and Dance
Dancing |
Things heat up when the sun goes down. Every Tuesday night has Salsa dancing with some of NYC’s best DJ’s. Beginner Salsa dance lessons from 6:30-7:15, DJ’s start the party at 7:15pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 11, 2015, 08/11/2015, Sunset Salsa with Talia
Dance Performance |
This project explores the rich symbolism of the praying mantis in Western art and popular culture. Both an icon of gender reversal and of predatory prowess, the mantis fascinates with its lithe form, stilted grace, and oddly dignified cannibalism. Dali painted his muse with arms and hands folded--a classic gesture of the mantis and comment on the complex power relationships between them. Mantis style kung fu adopts the iconic wobble and reach of the majestic insect, its katas often expanding upon delicate movements of the wrist and hand. This project draws on both the martial and the marital, offering an intimate window into the sexual politics of a mantis "couple" and their dialogue of death, sacrifice, and renewal. Dancer Otis Cook will perform the male mantis and dancer Donna Ahmadi will perform female mantis. Barry Weil created mantis masks and moth, and visual artist Jennifer O'Flaherty painted and constructed habitat plants.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 13, 2015, 08/13/2015, Mister Mantis by Donna Ahmadi: The Dance of the Praying Mantis
Dance Performance |
This project explores the rich symbolism of the praying mantis in Western art and popular culture. Both an icon of gender reversal and of predatory prowess, the mantis fascinates with its lithe form, stilted grace, and oddly dignified cannibalism. Dali painted his muse with arms and hands folded--a classic gesture of the mantis and comment on the complex power relationships between them. Mantis style kung fu adopts the iconic wobble and reach of the majestic insect, its katas often expanding upon delicate movements of the wrist and hand. This project draws on both the martial and the marital, offering an intimate window into the sexual politics of a mantis "couple" and their dialogue of death, sacrifice, and renewal. Dancer Otis Cook will perform the male mantis and dancer Donna Ahmadi will perform female mantis. Barry Weil created mantis masks and moth, and visual artist Jennifer O'Flaherty painted and constructed habitat plants.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 14, 2015, 08/14/2015, Mister Mantis by Donna Ahmadi: The Dance of the Praying Mantis
Dance Performance |
All week, one choreographer developed his/her original dance work with a team of dancers. Today, the new, completed dance will be performed before a general audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 15, 2015, 08/15/2015, Dance: A New, Site-Specific Performance
Dancing |
Free outdoor dancing. Free beginner lesson starts around 7:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 15, 2015, 08/15/2015, Tango in the Park
Dancing |
Free outdoor dancing. Free beginner lesson starts around 7:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 15, 2015, 08/15/2015, Tango in the Park
Dance Performance |
Battery Dance Company will host its 34th Battery Dance Festival (formerly Downtown Dance Festival), New York’s longest running public dance festival. The Battery Dance Festival incorporates dance companies from around the world with diverse dance backgrounds and styles. The festival offers audience members six nights of diverse, international dance performances coupled with an accessible and calm setting outdoors. International companies that will be performing include Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Norway, Trouble Crew, Romania, Polish Dance Theatre, Poland, Sankofa Danza, Colombia, and Botega Dance Company, Italy. New York Companies include Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Asia Duo, Ballet Neo, Battery Dance Company, Beatrice Capote, BOOMERANG, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Cornfield Dance, Indelible Dance, Jennifer Muller/ The Works, Mari Mead Dance Collective, Morales Dance, Pajarillo Pinta’o, and Tina Croll and Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 15, 2015, 08/15/2015, The Battery Dance Festival
Dancing |
The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra plays Big Band music from the 1930s and 40s to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Period dress encouraged. Learn the Charleston! Energetic, joyful community dance for all ages. No partners or experience necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 15, 2015, 08/15/2015, Victory Day Family Swing Dance
Dance Performance |
Tinder and Ash - Hailing from every corner of the U.S., five circus artists found themselves in the same place (the New England Center for Circus Arts) with the same vision (to create a show about personal loss and transformation using the virtuosity of circus and the artistry of theater). Through a residency with the circus-mecca TOHU in Montreal, these five diverse yet kindred-spirit artists created Tinder &amp; Ash, a highly physical journey of losing and finding themselves and each other. Ephrat Asherie Dance - Founded in 2012, Ephrat Asherie Dance has had their work presented at the Apollo Theater, the Ahmanson Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, New York Live Arts and Dixon Place, among other venues. Artistic Director, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie is a NYFA artist and has received various grants and awards to support her work including a Mondo Cane! commission from Dixon Place, a Swing Space and Workspace residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and a Travel and Study grant from the Jerome Foundation. Kiebpoli and Shine - Kiebpoli Calnek (Kiebpoli) and Shawana Kemp (Shine) attended the High School for the performing Arts here in New York City. They are collaborating for the first time with this piece that will expand into a full production. They have come together to create a collage of sound and movement. Kiebpoli Calnek is an actress and aerialist. She is a graduate of CCNY, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and of the Actors’ Equity Association. Her works have received generous funding and support from Elizabeth Streb, Astrea Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. Kiebpoli is also founder and artistic director of Black*Acrobat, a social enterprise that seeks to empower fringe communities through the vertical world of aerial acrobatics with devised theatrical performances. Claire Parsons Co. - Marmalade is a dance and circus production by Swedish company Claire Parsons Co. Aimed at young children 2-6 years old, Marmalade is a delicious, sensory performance about meeting, mixing and blending. Mira and Viktor taste and feel in poetic movements and circus actions in an exquisite and visual experience where the audience is invited to join. Brooklyn United Marching Band - The Brooklyn United Marching Band is a community-based organization that serves New York City youth. As an art form, marching band combines the elements of musicianship and pageantry and allows each student to participate in an all-encompassing and life changing activity. Brooklyn United is focused on the development of youth through Academic Support, Character Development, Skills Building and Performance Opportunities. It is through these pillars that they strive to build strong, well rounded, healthy, confident and capable young people.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 15, 2015, 08/15/2015, Dance Artists: Tinder and Ash / Ephrat Asherie Dance / Kiebpoli and Shine / Claire Parsons Co. / Brooklyn United Marching Band
Dance Performance |
This project explores the rich symbolism of the praying mantis in Western art and popular culture. Both an icon of gender reversal and of predatory prowess, the mantis fascinates with its lithe form, stilted grace, and oddly dignified cannibalism. Dali painted his muse with arms and hands folded--a classic gesture of the mantis and comment on the complex power relationships between them. Mantis style kung fu adopts the iconic wobble and reach of the majestic insect, its katas often expanding upon delicate movements of the wrist and hand. This project draws on both the martial and the marital, offering an intimate window into the sexual politics of a mantis "couple" and their dialogue of death, sacrifice, and renewal. Dancer Otis Cook will perform the male mantis and dancer Donna Ahmadi will perform female mantis. Barry Weil created mantis masks and moth, and visual artist Jennifer O'Flaherty painted and constructed habitat plants.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 15, 2015, 08/15/2015, Mister Mantis by Donna Ahmadi: The Dance of the Praying Mantis
Dance Performance |
Battery Dance Company will host its 34th Battery Dance Festival (formerly Downtown Dance Festival), New York’s longest running public dance festival. The Battery Dance Festival incorporates dance companies from around the world with diverse dance backgrounds and styles. The festival offers audience members six nights of diverse, international dance performances coupled with an accessible and calm setting outdoors. International companies that will be performing include Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Norway, Trouble Crew, Romania, Polish Dance Theatre, Poland, Sankofa Danza, Colombia, and Botega Dance Company, Italy. New York Companies include Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Asia Duo, Ballet Neo, Battery Dance Company, Beatrice Capote, BOOMERANG, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Cornfield Dance, Indelible Dance, Jennifer Muller/ The Works, Mari Mead Dance Collective, Morales Dance, Pajarillo Pinta’o, and Tina Croll and Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 16, 2015, 08/16/2015, The Battery Dance Festival
Dance Performance |
Tinder and Ash - Hailing from every corner of the U.S., five circus artists found themselves in the same place (the New England Center for Circus Arts) with the same vision (to create a show about personal loss and transformation using the virtuosity of circus and the artistry of theater). Through a residency with the circus-mecca TOHU in Montreal, these five diverse yet kindred-spirit artists created Tinder &amp; Ash, a highly physical journey of losing and finding themselves and each other. Ephrat Asherie Dance - Founded in 2012, Ephrat Asherie Dance has had their work presented at the Apollo Theater, the Ahmanson Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, New York Live Arts and Dixon Place, among other venues. Artistic Director, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie is a NYFA artist and has received various grants and awards to support her work including a Mondo Cane! commission from Dixon Place, a Swing Space and Workspace residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and a Travel and Study grant from the Jerome Foundation. Kiebpoli and Shine - Kiebpoli Calnek (Kiebpoli) and Shawana Kemp (Shine) attended the High School for the performing Arts here in New York City. They are collaborating for the first time with this piece that will expand into a full production. They have come together to create a collage of sound and movement. Kiebpoli Calnek is an actress and aerialist. She is a graduate of CCNY, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and of the Actors’ Equity Association. Her works have received generous funding and support from Elizabeth Streb, Astrea Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. Kiebpoli is also founder and artistic director of Black*Acrobat, a social enterprise that seeks to empower fringe communities through the vertical world of aerial acrobatics with devised theatrical performances. Claire Parsons Co. - Marmalade is a dance and circus production by Swedish company Claire Parsons Co. Aimed at young children 2-6 years old, Marmalade is a delicious, sensory performance about meeting, mixing and blending. Mira and Viktor taste and feel in poetic movements and circus actions in an exquisite and visual experience where the audience is invited to join. Brooklyn United Marching Band - The Brooklyn United Marching Band is a community-based organization that serves New York City youth. As an art form, marching band combines the elements of musicianship and pageantry and allows each student to participate in an all-encompassing and life changing activity. Brooklyn United is focused on the development of youth through Academic Support, Character Development, Skills Building and Performance Opportunities. It is through these pillars that they strive to build strong, well rounded, healthy, confident and capable young people.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 16, 2015, 08/16/2015, Dance Artists: Tinder and Ash / Ephrat Asherie Dance / Kiebpoli and Shine / Claire Parsons Co. / Brooklyn United Marching Band
Dance Performance |
Battery Dance Company will host its 34th Battery Dance Festival (formerly Downtown Dance Festival), New York’s longest running public dance festival. The Battery Dance Festival incorporates dance companies from around the world with diverse dance backgrounds and styles. The festival offers audience members six nights of diverse, international dance performances coupled with an accessible and calm setting outdoors. International companies that will be performing include Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Norway, Trouble Crew, Romania, Polish Dance Theatre, Poland, Sankofa Danza, Colombia, and Botega Dance Company, Italy. New York Companies include Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Asia Duo, Ballet Neo, Battery Dance Company, Beatrice Capote, BOOMERANG, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Cornfield Dance, Indelible Dance, Jennifer Muller/ The Works, Mari Mead Dance Collective, Morales Dance, Pajarillo Pinta’o, and Tina Croll and Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 17, 2015, 08/17/2015, The Battery Dance Festival
Dance Lesson |
Join this dance class. All are welcome to learn the traditional dances unique to West Africa. You can also bring your own drum and follow the guidance of our professional drumming teachers playing for the class. African dances are largely participatory, with spectators being part of the performance. Get fit while becoming more musical.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 17, 2015, 08/17/2015, West African Drum and Dance
Dance Performance |
Battery Dance Company will host its 34th Battery Dance Festival (formerly Downtown Dance Festival), New York’s longest running public dance festival. The Battery Dance Festival incorporates dance companies from around the world with diverse dance backgrounds and styles. The festival offers audience members six nights of diverse, international dance performances coupled with an accessible and calm setting outdoors. International companies that will be performing include Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Norway, Trouble Crew, Romania, Polish Dance Theatre, Poland, Sankofa Danza, Colombia, and Botega Dance Company, Italy. New York Companies include Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Asia Duo, Ballet Neo, Battery Dance Company, Beatrice Capote, BOOMERANG, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Cornfield Dance, Indelible Dance, Jennifer Muller/ The Works, Mari Mead Dance Collective, Morales Dance, Pajarillo Pinta’o, and Tina Croll and Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 18, 2015, 08/18/2015, The Battery Dance Festival
Dancing |
Things heat up when the sun goes down. Every Tuesday night has Salsa dancing with some of NYC’s best DJ’s. Beginner Salsa dance lessons from 6:30-7:15, DJ’s start the party at 7:15pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 18, 2015, 08/18/2015, Sunset Salsa with Talia
Dance Performance |
Battery Dance Company will host its 34th Battery Dance Festival (formerly Downtown Dance Festival), New York’s longest running public dance festival. The Battery Dance Festival incorporates dance companies from around the world with diverse dance backgrounds and styles. The festival offers audience members six nights of diverse, international dance performances coupled with an accessible and calm setting outdoors. International companies that will be performing include Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Norway, Trouble Crew, Romania, Polish Dance Theatre, Poland, Sankofa Danza, Colombia, and Botega Dance Company, Italy. New York Companies include Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Asia Duo, Ballet Neo, Battery Dance Company, Beatrice Capote, BOOMERANG, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Cornfield Dance, Indelible Dance, Jennifer Muller/ The Works, Mari Mead Dance Collective, Morales Dance, Pajarillo Pinta’o, and Tina Croll and Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 19, 2015, 08/19/2015, The Battery Dance Festival
Dance Performance |
Alt Mode, as in: alternate modalities (working title), is a body of musical works written by composer/producer RYAT (Christina McGeehan), reconstructed into a performance that integrates dance, live electronic music, video mapping, interactive media and set design. Directed and choreographed by Kate Watson-Wallace, and composed and designed by RYAT, the work asks questions about what it means to be a woman on stage, radical female presence in a popular context and equity within the form. In this work, RYAT and Watson-Wallace continue to explore how they wear their identities, working with themes of doubleness, drag, the other, pleasure and melancholy, as sources of power. They explore ecstatic states, state-shifting, and pleasure as revolution, as ways to propose new futures. Also: ARCH Dance Company - Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Archcore40 Summer Program. She is a graduate of The Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner technique. Ms. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey 2, Cincinnati Ballet, and commercially for the New York Knicks City Dancers, as well as chart listed singers and actors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 19, 2015, 08/19/2015, ALT MODE: A Collaboration between RYAT and Kate Watson-Wallace
Dance Performance |
Battery Dance Company will host its 34th Battery Dance Festival (formerly Downtown Dance Festival), New York’s longest running public dance festival. The Battery Dance Festival incorporates dance companies from around the world with diverse dance backgrounds and styles. The festival offers audience members six nights of diverse, international dance performances coupled with an accessible and calm setting outdoors. International companies that will be performing include Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Norway, Trouble Crew, Romania, Polish Dance Theatre, Poland, Sankofa Danza, Colombia, and Botega Dance Company, Italy. New York Companies include Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Asia Duo, Ballet Neo, Battery Dance Company, Beatrice Capote, BOOMERANG, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Cornfield Dance, Indelible Dance, Jennifer Muller/ The Works, Mari Mead Dance Collective, Morales Dance, Pajarillo Pinta’o, and Tina Croll and Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 20, 2015, 08/20/2015, The Battery Dance Festival
Dance Performance |
This project explores the rich symbolism of the praying mantis in Western art and popular culture. Both an icon of gender reversal and of predatory prowess, the mantis fascinates with its lithe form, stilted grace, and oddly dignified cannibalism. Dali painted his muse with arms and hands folded--a classic gesture of the mantis and comment on the complex power relationships between them. Mantis style kung fu adopts the iconic wobble and reach of the majestic insect, its katas often expanding upon delicate movements of the wrist and hand. This project draws on both the martial and the marital, offering an intimate window into the sexual politics of a mantis "couple" and their dialogue of death, sacrifice, and renewal. Dancer Otis Cook will perform the male mantis and dancer Donna Ahmadi will perform female mantis. Barry Weil created mantis masks and moth, and visual artist Jennifer O'Flaherty painted and constructed habitat plants.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 20, 2015, 08/20/2015, Mister Mantis by Donna Ahmadi: The Dance of the Praying Mantis
Dance Performance |
Battery Dance Company will host its 34th Battery Dance Festival (formerly Downtown Dance Festival), New York’s longest running public dance festival. The Battery Dance Festival incorporates dance companies from around the world with diverse dance backgrounds and styles. The festival offers audience members six nights of diverse, international dance performances coupled with an accessible and calm setting outdoors. International companies that will be performing include Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Norway, Trouble Crew, Romania, Polish Dance Theatre, Poland, Sankofa Danza, Colombia, and Botega Dance Company, Italy. New York Companies include Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Asia Duo, Ballet Neo, Battery Dance Company, Beatrice Capote, BOOMERANG, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Cornfield Dance, Indelible Dance, Jennifer Muller/ The Works, Mari Mead Dance Collective, Morales Dance, Pajarillo Pinta’o, and Tina Croll and Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 21, 2015, 08/21/2015, The Battery Dance Festival
Dance Lesson |
Wear dancing shoes and join different local companies as they demonstrate and teach you the moves.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 21, 2015, 08/21/2015, Harlem Dances
Dance Performance |
This project explores the rich symbolism of the praying mantis in Western art and popular culture. Both an icon of gender reversal and of predatory prowess, the mantis fascinates with its lithe form, stilted grace, and oddly dignified cannibalism. Dali painted his muse with arms and hands folded--a classic gesture of the mantis and comment on the complex power relationships between them. Mantis style kung fu adopts the iconic wobble and reach of the majestic insect, its katas often expanding upon delicate movements of the wrist and hand. This project draws on both the martial and the marital, offering an intimate window into the sexual politics of a mantis "couple" and their dialogue of death, sacrifice, and renewal. Dancer Otis Cook will perform the male mantis and dancer Donna Ahmadi will perform female mantis. Barry Weil created mantis masks and moth, and visual artist Jennifer O'Flaherty painted and constructed habitat plants.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 21, 2015, 08/21/2015, Mister Mantis by Donna Ahmadi: The Dance of the Praying Mantis
Dance Performance |
All week, one choreographer developed his/her original dance work with a team of dancers. Today, the new, completed dance will be performed before a general audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 22, 2015, 08/22/2015, Dance: A New, Site-Specific Performance
Dancing |
Free outdoor dancing. Free beginner lesson starts around 7:30pm.
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Dancings, August 22, 2015, 08/22/2015, Tango in the Park
Dance Performance |
This project explores the rich symbolism of the praying mantis in Western art and popular culture. Both an icon of gender reversal and of predatory prowess, the mantis fascinates with its lithe form, stilted grace, and oddly dignified cannibalism. Dali painted his muse with arms and hands folded--a classic gesture of the mantis and comment on the complex power relationships between them. Mantis style kung fu adopts the iconic wobble and reach of the majestic insect, its katas often expanding upon delicate movements of the wrist and hand. This project draws on both the martial and the marital, offering an intimate window into the sexual politics of a mantis "couple" and their dialogue of death, sacrifice, and renewal. Dancer Otis Cook will perform the male mantis and dancer Donna Ahmadi will perform female mantis. Barry Weil created mantis masks and moth, and visual artist Jennifer O'Flaherty painted and constructed habitat plants.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 22, 2015, 08/22/2015, Mister Mantis by Donna Ahmadi: The Dance of the Praying Mantis
Dance Lesson |
Join this dance class. All are welcome to learn the traditional dances unique to West Africa. You can also bring your own drum and follow the guidance of our professional drumming teachers playing for the class. African dances are largely participatory, with spectators being part of the performance. Get fit while becoming more musical.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 24, 2015, 08/24/2015, West African Drum and Dance
Dancing |
Grab your friends and bring your dancing shoes – evenings of live Latin music and dancing are returning this summer. Grupo Arcano is a fiery, energetic and crowd engaging new experience in Salsa. Bringing Salsa from the other side of NYC's East River - Brooklyn and Queens - with an attitude and refreshing sound, Arcano perfectly combines the best of traditional Salsa with some hot new sounding trends. Inspired by all that came before, Arcano looks forward to building something new and original.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 26, 2015, 08/26/2015, ¡Arriba! Latin Dance Party with Grupo Arcano
Dancing |
Don headphones and party on the pier with hundreds of all-ages revelers at this quiet clubbing event featuring two live DJs spinning tunes of different genres. Change DJs with a flick of a switch and sway along to the same song as your friends or tap to your own tune. Line for headphones will begin at 4:30 p.m. Headphones are first come first served with 700 available at a time. Once they are returned they will be handed out to those waiting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, Silent Disco
Dancing |
Free outdoor dancing. Free beginner lesson starts around 7:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 29, 2015, 08/29/2015, Tango in the Park
Dancing |
Free outdoor dancing. Free beginner lesson starts around 7:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, September 05, 2015, 09/05/2015, Tango in the Park
Dancing |
Free outdoor dancing. Free beginner lesson starts around 7:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, September 12, 2015, 09/12/2015, Tango in the Park
Dancing |
Free outdoor dancing. Free beginner lesson starts around 7:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, September 19, 2015, 09/19/2015, Tango in the Park
Dancing |
Free outdoor dancing. Free beginner lesson starts around 7:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, September 26, 2015, 09/26/2015, Tango in the Park
Dance Performance |
With: Maria Bauman / André Zachery. Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and a reception during which artists and audiences share perspectives about the works-in-progress.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, October 10, 2015, 10/10/2015, Dance Works-in-Progress
Dance Performance |
With: Kora Radella / Miguel Guzman Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and a reception during which artists and audiences share perspectives about the works-in-progress.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, November 21, 2015, 11/21/2015, Dance Works-in-Progress
Dance Performance |
With: Bob Eisen / Alex Romania Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and a reception during which artists and audiences share perspectives about the works-in-progress.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, December 05, 2015, 12/05/2015, Dance Works-in-Progress
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Concert | Piano works of Schubert, Liszt, Bartok, and Prokofiev

Regular: $40; Member: $0.00

Concert | Gospels

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